The First Step After College: Leaving Campus
North American Precis Syndicate
There are a few things you should keep in mind when it's time to pack up and move out of college and into the world. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—New college graduates may have the whole world at their
feet, but first they have to get their feet—and everything else—out
of the dorm and into their old home or new place.
To help make that transition a little smoother, the experts on moving at
Penske Truck Rental offer 10 tips:
1. Plan ahead. Determine how
long it’ll take you to get to your destination-and then add in extra
time for the unexpected. Take into account the time of day, likely traffic
patterns and stops.
2. Reserve a moving truck in
advance. For most students, a 12- or 16-foot truck is right for the job.
Just remember, you’re not the only one moving out. Try to reserve the
truck and any accessories—boxes, packing tape, bubble packing material,
moving blankets, hand trucks and so on—at least two weeks before you
plan on leaving.
3. Try it before you drive it.
Before you load up and drive away, familiarize yourself with the truck’s
switches and gauges. Adjust the seat and side mirrors so they match your
height and comfort zone. Remember, it’s likely to be taller, wider and
heavier than the vehicle you’re used to driving. That means you may
have to drive more slowly and carefully, particularly on turns. Also, be aware
that trucks have oversized blind spots. Know where these are.
4. Make sure you understand the
rental agreement. Most include language from the U.S. Department of
Transportation that prohibits the “carrying or hauling of explosives
and other dangerous articles.” That means you can’t pack paint,
chemicals and cleaning materials, flammable solvents, propane, gasoline and
5. Be prepared for emergencies.
First, you should know that most insurance and credit card companies won’t
cover truck rentals. You may want to sign up for additional coverage options
to protect yourself and your belongings. Next, if you run into a problem,
remember that you can call Penske for 24/7 roadside assistance.
6. Pack the back properly. Load
the heaviest items on the truck first. Always bend your knees and lift with
your legs, never your back.
7. Don’t pack everything.
Things you may need to grab in a hurry—paperwork, credit cards,
identification, a change of clothes, drinks and snacks—should be kept
close at hand in a travel bag with you in the cab.
8. Share. See if someone you
know is going your way. Sharing the ride can help you save money, time and
9. Look for discounts. For
example, Penske Truck Rental is the exclusive truck rental partner of AAA and
offers a discount to all AAA members.
10. Park thoughtfully. Park the
truck in well-lit areas only and keep a padlock on the rear door.
For more useful moving tips, call (800) GOPENSKE or see www.PenskeTruckRental.com.
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to get their feet—and everything else—out of the dorm and into
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